Thomas Flynn is an AGB senior fellow and president emeritus of Alvernia University (PA), having served from 2005 to 2019. At Alvernia, he oversaw the development of strategic and campus master plans and the achievement of university status. Also completed were a comprehensive fundraising campaign and a successful effort to build a recreation, wellness, and health sciences complex. (The Alvernia University Board of Trustees named the complex for the Flynns.) The O’Pake Institute for Ethics, Leadership, and Public Service; the Holleran Center for Community and Global Engagement; and the widely acclaimed Reading Collegiate Scholars Program for inner-city underrepresented youth were also established and partially endowed. Previously, Flynn served as senior advisor for the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and as provost and president at Millikin University (IL). He spent fourteen years on the faculty of Mount Saint Mary’s College (MD), where he was a professor of English and served as dean of the college.
After earning an undergraduate degree at Boston College, Flynn received his MA and PhD in American culture from the University of Michigan. He has completed professional development programs at Harvard University and received awards for his teaching, academic leadership, and community engagement. In addition, he serves on the boards of several higher education associations.